Artist wants you to feel her paintings
Dec. 16, 2012 at 6:16 a.m.
Updated Dec. 17, 2012 at 6:17 a.m.
CULTURAL EVENT CENTER
The Englein Haus, home of the Hallettsville Cultural Event Center, was built in 1897 by architect James Riely Gordon.
Gordon was the architect for more than 70 courthouses in the U.S. The center, operated by former art teacher and art restorer Nancy Braus, not only features art and photography exhibits but also hosts musicians, poetry readings, teas and other gatherings. A free etiquette class for children is also available. The upstairs can be rented for meetings and parties. For more information, call 361-798-9295.
A GLASS ACT
Patsy Evins is an accomplished professional artist on traditional canvas, but she also has other loves, including working with precious metal clay, silver art clay and glass, specifically handmade lamp work glass jewelry and sculpted glass art.
"Glass is magical," she said. "When you look at it, you're not sure how it exists; it's so beautiful. You can hold it and wear it." To learn more, go to Patsy Evins' website.
HALLETTSVILLE - Patsy Evins feels her art, and she wants you to feel it, too.
"It's scary to step out and say, 'Come feel my paintings.' It's a way to connect or reconnect to your essences, with your insides, who you are. Your God-self," said the 60-year-old Evins, whose work is on display at the Hallettsville Cultural Event Center, 115 N. Main St., through January.
Evins, a metaphysicist, attributes a trip to a retreat in California 15 years ago to enlightenment about her own art.
She and her husband, Dennis Evins, meditated 10 hours a day for a week.
"When I came home, I was painting, and I left my body and went into the painting physically," she said. "I was there in my painting surrounded by all the paint colors. They were alive. They were all vibrating at a different energy level.
"It just changed my whole life with my art."
It was that experience, too, that led Evins to remove black from all her paintings.
"I quit using black and started working with the healing colors," she said. "The black will bring you down. It will draw negativity to you."
Nancy Braus, who runs the Hallettsville Cultural Event Center, praised Evins' work.
"The color is amazing. It just gets inside you," Braus said. "Her pieces take you into a different place immediately through the color."
Colors are indeed the lifeblood of Evins' work.
"Most of my paintings have all the colors in the rainbow. You will look at a certain color first, and that color is the color you need right now," she said. "Whatever issues you are going through in your life, you will be attracted to that color. That color will heal and release that out of your body.
"My art is a journey of exploring who I am and growing spiritually."
Evins' trek as an artist began at 10 when she started art lessons that lasted through high school.
"I knew from the time I was little that I wanted to do art," she said.
Evins grew up in Port Lavaca and worked in her mother's beauty shop during high school.
After a couple of years at Victoria College, she continued to work part time as a beautician while majoring in drawing and painting at North Texas State University in Denton.
Travels and job changes for her husband during the next several years took the couple to Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Connecticut and New York.
At several of their stops, Evins was able to take advantage of art training opportunities.
She studied impressionism - "the old masters' techniques" - for two years at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Connecticut.
Then in New Canaan, N.Y., she studied abstract art at the Silvermine Art Guild.
"I merged both techniques in my work and came up with my own style," she said.
A move to the south, specifically South Carolina and Georgia, proved beneficial for Evins' career.
She began to get her work - and sell it - in art galleries.
Her paintings have also been exhibited and sold in Japan, Europe, the Far East and Puerto Rico.
In 2005, she came back to Texas.
Her parents died, and she inherited a ranch in Mont that has been in her family since the 1800s.
"My heritage is here in Hallettsville," she said, noting her maiden name is Bujnoch and her mother was a Kutach.
"I want people to know that there is art in this area," she said. "There is so much beauty here - the wildflowers, the sunsets."